Sadlier-Oxford: Level C Units 7-9 Vocabulary Exam Review

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acme
(n.) the highest point
attribute
(n.) a quality or characteristic belonging to or associated with someone or something; (v.) to assign to, credit with; to regard as caused by or resulting from
belittle
(v.) to make something appear smaller than it is
convey
(v.) to transport or to transmit, to communicate, make known, to transfer ownership or title to
doctrine
(n.) a belief, principle, or teaching, a system of such beliefs or principles; a formulation of such beliefs or principles
excise
(v.) to remove by cutting; (n.) an indirect tax on the manufacture, sale, or distribution of a commodity or service
exotic
(adj.) foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusual
haggard
(adj.) thin, pale, and careworn as a result of worry or suffering; wild-looking
jaunty
(adj.) lively, easy, and carefree in manner; smart or trim in appearance
juncture
(n.) a joining together; the point at which two things are joined; any important point in time
menial
(adj.) lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity; (n.) a person who does the humble and unpleasant tasks
parry
(v.) to ward/fend off, deflect, evade, avoid; (n.) a defensive movement in fencing and other sports
predatory
(adj.) preying on, plundering, or piratical
ravage
(v.) to destroy, lay waste, ruin; (n.) ruinous damage, destruction
stance
(n.) a way of holding the body, an attitude or position on an issue
tawdry
(adj.) showy/flashy but lacking in good taste
turncoat
(n.) a person who switches to an opposite side or party
unassuming
(adj.) not putting on airs, unpretentious, modest
wallow
(v.) to roll about in a lazy, clumsy, or helpless way; to overindulge in; to have in abundance (n.) a wet muddy area used by animals as a sort of bath
waver
(v.) to become unsteady, to move to and fro; to show lack of firmness or decision
abut
(v.) to join at one end or be next to; to support or prop up
attire
(n.) clothes, apparel; (v.) to dress, adorn
avail
(v.) to be of use or benefit to; to make use of; to take advantage of; to profit or benefit; (n.) use, benefit or value
crony
(n.) very close friend, chum, buddy
cryptic
(adj.) puzzling, mystifying, or enigmatic
divergent
(adj.) going in different directions
enmity
(n.) hatred, ill-will
fervent
(adj.) very earnest, emotional, passionate; extremely hot
gaunt
(adj.) thin and bony, starved looking; bare, barren
infiltrate
(v.) to pass through or gain entrance to gradually or stealthily
nullify
(v.) to make of no value or consequence; cancel, wipe out
perceptible
(adj.) capable of being grasped by the senses or mind
plummet
(v.) to plunge straight down; (n.) a weight fastened to a line
proclaim
(v.) to declare publicly or officially
proxy
(n.) an agent, substitute; a written permission allowing one person to act in another's place
rankle
(v.) to cause anger, irritation, or bitterness
scavenger
(n.) a person who collects or removes usable items from waste materials; an animal that feeds on refuse or dead bodies
stint
(v.) to limit, be sparing or frugal; (n.) a limit or restriction; a fixed share of work or duty; a period of activity
stoical
(adj.) self-controlled, not showing feeling in response to pleasure or pain
unflagging
(adj.) tireless, continuing with vigor
apt
(adj.) suitable, fitting likely; quick to learn
awry
(adj.) in a turned or twisted position or direction; wrong, out of the right or hoped-for course
bludgeon
(n.) a short club used as a weapon; (v.) to strike with a heavy club; to use force or strong arguments to gain some point
capitulate
(v) to end resistance, give up, throw in the towel, to surrender
chafe
(v.) to warm by rubbing; to wear sore by rubbing; to feel annoyance or dissatisfaction, annoy, irk; to strain or press against; (n.) a sore or injury caused by rubbing
defile
(v.) to make unclean or dirty, destroy the purity of; (v.) to march in a single line or in columns; (n.) a narrow passage; gorge, canyon
dire
(adj.) dreadful, causing fear or suffering; warning or trouble to come; demanding immediate action to avoid disaster
disarming
(adj.) charming, tending to soften unfriendliness or suspicion
disgruntled
(adj.) in bad humor, discontented, annoyed
encroach
(v.) to advance beyond the usual or proper limits; trespass
endow
(v.) to furnish, equip, provide with funds or some other desirable thing or quality
fend
(v.) to ward off, resist; to get along, manage
impunity
(n.) freedom from punishment
mien
(n.) air, manner, appearance, expression
penal
(adj.) having to do with punishment
pertinent
(adj.) related to the matter at hand
predominant
(adj.) the greatest in strength or power; most common
prodigy
(n.) something wonderful or marvelous; an unusual feat; a child or young person with extraordinary ability or talent
recluse
(n.) a person who leads a life shut up or withdrawn from the world
renown
(n.) fame, glory

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